A little of this, a little of that

Indo cooking is not always easy if you have to learn it from someone in the family. In most cases, passing down a recipe happens verbally and it is based on feeling and personal taste. My mother prepares food without recipes and mostly by intuition. She owns no measuring spoons nor cups. Yet she is…

Indo Dutch casserole aka Pastei Tutup

Meet the English shepherd’s pie with an Indo Dutch twist. Pastei is the Dutch word for pie and toetoep/tutup is the Indonesian word for closed. Originally “sheperd’s pie” contains lamb meat and “cottage pie” is made with beef. This eurasian fusion shepherd’s pie contains either beef or chicken. There are many versions of this savory…

Soto Ayam – Indonesian Chicken Soup

One of my favorite comfort foods is soup of the chicken kind ; soto ayam. Soto is the Javanese word for soup and ayam is the Indonesian word for chicken. There are different versions depending on where the soto is served. Some historians suggested that soto was a mixture of traditions in the region. There…

Jeff’s Indonesian Banana Fritters are a hit

At Irvine’s largest annual event Global Village Festival (23 September 2017) more than 20,000 visitors experienced a multi-cultural day with musical performances, dance, arts & crafts and food samples from all over the world. We were there to launch our special festival treat PISANG GORENG (pronounced: pee-sahng-gor-reng), Indonesian style banana fritters. It was a festive premiere of our…

Indo Dutch Food Events Calendar

A series of Indo & Dutch food events are scheduled for this summer and fall. I will be doing either a book presentation, a food demonstration and/or a cooking workshop, sometimes followed by a brunch or dinner party. If you like to set up a reading, signing or want more information, send an email to info@ keasberry.com.  …

Keeping memories alive through food.

When it comes to nostalgic eating the holiday season gets the highest score on the ‘food memories’ scale.  It is that time of year that specific fragrances fill the house and a myriad of traditional and delicious foods are being prepared. People come together around a decked out dining table to share good conversations and happy…

Dutch-Indonesian, Confusion Cuisine?

‘Pea soup served over rice with sambal oelek? That is not ‘Indies’ cuisine! I get a similar response from people when I tell them that this “Indisch” cuisine offers its version of macaroni and cheese.  Some frown when I explain that  “Frikandel pan,”  (a meatloaf dish) and “Hussars salad” with beets are also “Indisch.” This…